Chad Ruhwedel
Chad Ruhwedel
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Pittsburgh Penguins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After playing in just 18 games and spending much of the season in the press box, in part due to injury, it was somewhat surprising to see Ruhwedel re-up with the Penguins for another two years in May. With a logjam of defender's ahead of him, including Juuso Riikola, it's difficult to see a path for Ruhwedel to get regular playing time in 2019-20. Even if he's somehow able to secure an every-night role this year, the San Diego native won't have enough offensive upside to warrant consideration in any fantasy format. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract with the Penguins in May of 2019.
Still waiting for season debut
DPittsburgh Penguins
October 23, 2019
Ruhwedel has yet to play in a game for the Penguins this season.
ANALYSIS
Ruhwedel is one of nine defensemen currently on the 23-man roster and the only one who hasn't gotten into at least one game. The emergence of John Marino has further complicated the situation, combined with the fact that Ruhwedel or Juuso Riikola would need to be placed on waivers to move down to the minors. At some point, the Penguins figure to try to move a blueliner, which could open the door for Ruhwedel to get some minutes.
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Following the re-signing of Jamie Oleksiak and the addition of Jack Johnson, the 28-year-old Ruhwedel is firmly cemented in the seventh defenseman role and figures to only slot into the lineup in the event of an injury. Fortunately for the puck-moving blueliner, there are not many youngsters within the Penguins system that will challenge him for his place on the 23-man roster. Without a clear path to ice time, the San Diego native offers little in terms of fantasy value -- especially when you consider he tallied just five points in 44 contests last season.
Ruhwedel, an undrafted UMass-Lowell product, was named AHL Rochester's MVP last season for his steady two-way play and ability to log heavy minutes. He appeared in 72 games and scored 36 points, both career highs, and enters this season as an impending restricted free agent. The 25-year-old is on a one-way contract, which means he is poised to make the team, though that is certainly not a guarantee. Even if he does make the team, Ruhwedel is expected to play a low-key role on either the second or third defensive pairing. He's a rather unexciting player, but gets the job done in his own zone and can provide offense when asked.
An undrafted two-way defenseman out of UMass-Lowell, Ruhwedel will play a supporting role for the Sabres, either on the bottom pairing or as depth player. Ruhwedel scored 28 points in 47 games in the AHL and, in 21 games with the Sabres, he recorded one assist. The young defenseman has a good chance of making the opening night roster, but the Sabres may feel his development would be better served logging big minutes in the minors.
Ruhwedel signed as a free agent in April after finishing a collegiate career with UMass-Lowell. He immediately joined the Sabres and suited up for the season’s final seven games, failing to reach the score sheet. He is among a large group of blue liners vying for a depth role on the Sabres, and will need to show well at training camp to avoid starting the season with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester. There is a bit of offensive upside (23 points in 41 games in his final year of college), but he is a long way from hitting the fantasy radar at the onset of his first full season as a pro.
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Playing in preseason contest
DPittsburgh Penguins
September 16, 2019
Ruhwedel (upper body) will be in the lineup against Buffalo on Monday.
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Re-signs with Pittsburgh
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Upper Body
May 23, 2019
Ruhwedel (upper body) signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract with the Penguins on Thursday.
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Fails to return to action
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Upper Body
April 19, 2019
Ruhwedel (upper body) was never able to get back into the lineup before the Pens were bounced from the playoffs.
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Remains unavailable
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Upper Body
April 16, 2019
Ruhwedel (upper body) is set to miss Game 4 versus the Islanders on Tuesday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
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Set to miss Game 3
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Upper Body
April 14, 2019
Ruhwedel (upper body) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Islanders, per the NHL's official media site.
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